A community based service team, providing therapy and social work to assist children with special needs (including Cleft Lip and/or Palate) and their family/whanau achieve their full potential in their daily lives. We work with children in schools, kindergartens, home, community, clinics and recreation centres.
Kidz First Child Development Service
A child and their family can be referred to the service through doctors and allied health professionals such as:
- General Practitioners
- Neonatal Services and Paediatric Medical and Surgical Services
- Community Health Services
- Other Health Funding Authority contracted Health and Disability Services
- Education Funded Services
- Children Youth and Family Services
- Needs Assessment & Service Coordinator Agencies
Procedures / Treatments
Occupational Therapists treat children with disabilities/special needs between the ages of 3 to 5 years for therapy and assess children aged 3 to 16 years for housing modification and equipment needs.… More
Physiotherapists treat children with disability or developmental delay (e.g. cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and chromosomal abnormalities) from 2.5 years upwards.… More
Social workers assess the social, psychological and emotional situations of individuals to identify their needs as well as those of their family. They also offer supportive counselling by linking families to practical services available within their community. We provide the following support: Supportive and crisis counselling: grief and loss relationships… More
Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists are registered physiotherapists or occupational therapists with experience in paediatrics who treat children under 3 years of age within their homes and pre-schools. We see the following children for therapy and equipment needs: children with identifiable conditions e.g.… More
Speech Language Therapy
Speech-Language Therapists work with children between 0 and 3 years of age and their families who have been referred with severe communication and/or feeding difficulties. Children will only be seen for Speech Language Therapy if they require another therapy as well. For more information about Speech Language Therapy click here. More
Cleft Lip and Palate Services
What do we do? Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies and Speech Studies are carried out monthly with radiologists at Middlemore Radiology Department Newborn babies with cleft lip and/or palate and their families are seen by Speech Language Therapists before discharging A velo-pharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) clinic is held at Manukau Super Clinic. This… More
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Limited parking spaces for visitors. Street parking also available on Plunket Avenue and Mana Street.